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Congo Bongo is an arcade platform game similar in many ways to Donkey Kong, but with an isometric perspective. The player takes control of a safari hunter who is searching for an ape named Bongo, determined to punish him for setting the hunter's tent on fire. The game consists of four one-screen stages, each with an objective to jump on platforms and reach the top. Various animals will try to stop the protagonist: for example, in the first level a large gorilla throws coconuts at him. The hero has no offensive abilities and must jump or otherwise avoid enemy attacks. Stages may contain obstacles or hazardous spots that would kill off the main character.


Congo Bongo Commodore 64 Gameplay on the first level (cartridge/tape version)
Congo Bongo ColecoVision The first level
Congo Bongo Atari 5200 Title screen
Congo Bongo Arcade Top scores

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Alternate Titles

  • "金鋼三代" -- Taiwanese spelling
  • "Tip Top" -- European arcade title
  • "Jīn gāng sāndà" -- Taiwanese title
  • "Africa Nera" -- Italian C64 title

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User Reviews

No bananas for you, monkey boy Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (42945)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 16, 2001 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Jan 04, 2003 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic SG-1000 Jul 13, 2016 C 50
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2001 4 out of 10 40
Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1985 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Video Game Critic Commodore 64 Apr 15, 2011 D- 16
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Nov 11, 2016 F 0
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Oct 26, 2002 F 0


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Cancelled releases

Although advertised, a Spectrum conversion was never complete; neither did an Amstrad CPC conversion which U.S. Gold advertised around the same time make it to the market.


The PC Booter version appears to be the only version with all four arcade levels. Most ports had two or, if you were lucky, three levels.

Intellivision version

Although SEGA announced four games to be released on the Intellivision, this was the only title they did release for that platform.

Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold
Contributed to by Corn Popper (68933), jeff leyda (1833), Kabushi (257705), Martin Smith (79924), Pseudo_Intellectual (64556) and Servo (57355)
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